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Ruger 10/22 and Marlin 60 musings

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by ditto1958, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Don't want to start a 10/22 vs. Model 60 debate, as that's been debated to death, and I really like both of them. I sure would not have to try to decide between the two if I could only keep one gun. I was noticing something today, though, that I think is interesting. The Marlin has a really thick, almost match grade barrel, with a beautiful crown on it. My 10/22 has a much thinner looking, tapered barrel. (My Henry H001 Lever Gun with the round barrel has a relatively slim barrel, too).

    I'm just wondering, how can Marlin afford to put a barrel like that on a rifle that is sold so cheaply? The regular birch stock version is often priced at about $159.

    Or, to flip things around, maybe it's not something that's all that expensive. If if it's not, then why don't more .22 rifles have a similar barrel?
  2. Marlin's reputation rests upon their " Micro-Groove rifling". They can cheapen the rest of the gun and it'll still drive tacks. tom.:wavey:

  3. Leigh


    May 22, 2000
    Eastern Kentucky
    Marlin's factory trigger also helps as they are generally superior to Ruger's. Sights on both are pretty basic but all of mine always wore an inexpensive 4x Bushnell/Tasco.

    I've owned more than a few of each over the last 30+ years and both have place in everyone's rimfire battery.

    The best was a variant that resembled an M1 fed but only a small portion of the tube was visible under the barrel. Don't recall the model buth it could hang with many similar length lever guns in the accuracy department.

    That said, I had a friend who owned a Model 60...bought new in the late 1970's....never cleaned it...wiped down the outside but the innards were filthy and gritty but it rarely skipped a beat after 1000's and 1000's of rounds!

    Downside (if any), certain 60's had a plastic/polymer trigger guard that literally "melted" when it came in contact with Birchwood-Casey's Gun Scrubber.

    All in all, I'd take either for plinking/small game hunting.
  4. cheapshot


    Oct 27, 2011
  5. LA_357SIG

    LA_357SIG Milspectacular

    Aug 28, 2006
    Not Los Angeles.
    My Marlin 795 was way more accurate than my 10/22 before aftermarket modifications. I don't know why the 10/22 is more expensive than the 60/795. They both use aluminum receivers with cheap paint finishes.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2012
  6. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    My 60 and dad's 795 are both extremely accurate guns. Wouldn't trade mine for any 10/22.

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  7. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    I have several of both. I like the detachable mag and handling of the 10/22 better than the 60. The marlins may be a bit more accurate but I don't have any problem hitting what I shoot at with the Ruger.
  8. I've shot just about every "main-stay" .22 made. Back in '78 I bought a 10/22 and have enjoyed every shot. I recently took mine out to shoot, loaded the mag and was again amazed it the accuracy. After hitting all the pistol targets left from a 1000 round fury with my .40 and .45, I was making a beer can dance at over 100 yards shot after shot with only a 4X scope.

    Given that I bought the rifle for squirrel hunting and plinking, I think my investment is still paying off. No discredit to any of the other brands, but dang, how can you go wrong with the 10/22?
  9. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    Marlin 7000...choice. Too bad they discontinued it.
  10. I would bet the barrels on a 10-22 and a 60 start about the same diameter before they are turned down.

    It's actually more work to make the thinner tapered one than the thick one.

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  11. I have 2-3 of both (always have a lot of shooters on weekends) and have for a very long time. Both great guns that will do anything you want a .22 to do, IMO.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012
  12. drizzle


    Jan 4, 2007
    Twin Cities
    I have a Glenfield 60 (the Coast to Coast model) with a seven round box mag. Mine has a green sling, and looks like an M1 carbine someone left in the dryer too long, but it shoots great.

    I see other model 60s with either dark or light stocks, squirrel or no, for 110-125 all the time. I'm waiting for another one under a hundred. Rugers are ok, but I love model 60s.
  13. drizzle


    Jan 4, 2007
    Twin Cities
    double tap
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012